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Sauron's eye

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Project by bowlturner posted 02-23-2020 02:12 AM 729 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To test my recently built bowl lathe, I performed this project using a black locus endgrain slab. Due to the unbalance, the heavy lathe of about 1,700 pounds shook mildly even at ~700 rpm (my guess, no rpm reader equipped). After turning the concentric circles, two circles were cut into segments using a router lathe (last pic). Black lines on the other circles were made by grinder wheel. A reptile eye was imbedded at the center to symbolize the Sauron’s eye located in side the castle walls. This slab had small decorative burls at the outer rim.





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Redoak49

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#1 posted 02-23-2020 11:11 AM

Very nicely done and an impressive lathe you built.

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Roger Gaborski

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#2 posted 02-23-2020 11:49 AM

Very impressive work. How long did it take to complete the project?

-- Roger Gaborski, http://www.rogergaborski.com

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#3 posted 02-23-2020 07:16 PM

Artistic, intriguing and a very beautiful piece too.

Sutable for a modern art show.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 02-24-2020 02:20 AM

I love the texture you left on the outside. It is a neat contrast to the the ordered texture you cut into it.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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bowlturner

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#5 posted 02-24-2020 05:58 PM



Very nicely done and an impressive lathe you built.

- Redoak49


Thanks for the compliment. It was fun!

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bowlturner

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#6 posted 02-24-2020 06:29 PM



Very impressive work. How long did it take to complete the project?

- Roger Gaborski


Thanks! The turning on the lathe and cutting pattern on the router lathe took about 2 hrs each and sanding 1 hr. Black lines with grinder wheel was done very quickly.

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bowlturner

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#7 posted 02-24-2020 06:31 PM


Artistic, intriguing and a very beautiful piece too.

Sutable for a modern art show.

- ralbuck


Thanks for the encouragement. In fact, it is quite challenging to decide what pattern is used for the wall hanging. I am still learning by trials.

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bowlturner

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#8 posted 02-24-2020 06:42 PM



I love the texture you left on the outside. It is a neat contrast to the the ordered texture you cut into it.

- swirt


Originally I hoped to retain the bark but it in black locust tends to come off. I have sanded minimally, leaving a little natural texture. Thank you for the feedback.

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